Dark Parks Books & Collectibles

Digby, Kenelm.

Theatrum sympatheticum, in quo sympathiae actiones variae... Nurnberg: J.A. and W. Jun Endter, 1660. First Latin edition. 8vo. Hardcover. [1], )(3-)(5, [6], A-Q12. Lacks blanks. (20), 377, (3)p. Modern antique calf, blind fleurons and rules to covers, red title label in gilt, new endpapers, lacks blanks. Rare folding frontispiece with tiny worm track at upper edge of large blank inner margin, no affect to illustration at all. Few contemporary notes, specifically corrections to the text. Would be interesting to know who made them. Some minor foxing and a few light dampstains to front, overall an excellent copy, old bookmark ribbon bound in. Rare first Latin edition, at time of description we locate only one other copy for sale, at a much higher price.  With rare folding emblematic frontispiece. “Digby first described his well-known weapon-salve, or powder of sympathy, in the discourse alleged to have been delivered at Montpellier in 1658. Its method of employment stamps it as the merest quackery. The wound was never to be brought into contact with the powder, which was merely powdered vitriol. A bandage was to be taken from the wound, immersed in the powder, and kept there till the wound healed. Digby gives a fantastic account of the ‘sympathetic’ principles involved. He says that he learned how to make and apply the drug from a Carmelite who had travelled in the East, and whom he met at Florence in 1622. He first employed it about 1624 to cure James Howell of a wound in his hand, and he adds that James I and Dr. Mayerne were greatly impressed by its efficacy, and that Bacon registered it in his scientific collections... “ [-DNB].  Caillet 10600. Thorndike VII: 505. Bruning 2031. Ferguson II: 440.       Occult. Medicine. Science. Quackery. Emblems. Sympathetic powder. War. Alchemy. Salve. Potions. Ointment.DP20239   $1000.00

Fielding, Henry.

The History of Tom Jones A Foundling In Three Volumes. Dublin: W. Smith, P. Wilson, & H. Bradley, 1759. 12mo. Three volumes contemporary calf with title label to spines in gilt. Minor chipping to spine caps. Volume two and three with cracked hinges repaired. Volume one with page 5/6 short clean tear to outer margiin. Small and light damp stain to corner of top last few leaves of volume two. Contemporary owner signature to first endpaper of each volume “R. Beatson” [?]. Overall the set is a very good working copy that is clean and priced to go. Scarce edition third year published. Only 4 copies of this edition listed on ESTC. OCLC lists no hardcopy editions (all listed are reproductions or microfilm of this edition). Henry Fielding (1707-1754) English novelist and playwright best known for his novel The History of Tom Jones (1749). It is amongst the earliest English works to be classified as a novel.     English literature. English fiction. Tom Jones. Comedy. Satire. Romance.  

DP20526   $250.00

Dickens, Charles.

The Life and Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby. In Two Volumes. [Fine Binding]. The Works of Charles Dickens With Introduction by Andrew Lang. New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1898. Hardcover. 2 vols. 504, 497p. Fine bindings. Two volumes. Modern blue leather over thick blue boards with black title labels in gilt. Numerous full-page plates. A very nice clean and crisp copy with large margins. Some leaves still uncut. Priced to go. With introduction by Andrew Lang. Printed from the edition that was carefully corrected by the author in 1867 & 1868. This is from the Works of Charles Dickens in Thirty-Four Volumes. Vol. IV & V. Complete in itself and custom bound.     Charles Dickens. Nicholas Nickelby. Andrew Lang. Fine binding.     DP20534   $125.00

Ellwood, Thomas.

The Foundation of Tythes Shaken; And the Four Principal Posts, viz. Divine Institution, Primitive Practice, Voluntary Donations, and Positive Laws... London: Assigns of J. Sawle, 1720. Second edition. 8vo. [6], 384, [2]p. Modern antique fine binding full calf with beautiful floral gilt designs to spine title on red label. New endpapers. Old owners signature to first blank in contemporary ink. T1 with small corner tear repaired no affect, else a near fine copy clean and crisp with large margins. Publisher ad leaf at end. Scarce book. At time of description we locate no other copies for sale. Thomas Ellwood (1639-1713), English writer of religion, Quaker and good friend of John Milton. It is said that Ellwood is responsible for the idea of Parardise Regained for Milton had not thought of a sequel to Paradise Lost until Ellwood mentioned it while reading the manuscript of Paradise Lost.... Ellwood was the author of several polemical works in defense of Quaker position of which Forgery no Christianity (1674), The Foundation of Tithes Shaken (1678) and two tracts attacking Thomas Hicks deserve mention. His autobiography The History of the Life of Thomas Ellwood written by his own hand and published posthumously is a vaulable historical document and has been in print continuously since 1714. [See Wiki, Britannica & DNB].     ESTC: T135953.     Tithes. Tythes. Religion. Church. Church donations. Quakers. John Milton. The Society of Friends. Controversial literature. Thomas Comber. Edward Fowler.     DP20499   $500.00

Douglas, John. [Bishop of Salisbury].

The Criterion: Or Rules by Which The True Miracles Recorded in the New Testament Are Distinguished From the Spurious Miracles of Pagans and Papists. London: Printed for T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1807. Second edition. 'A New Edition'. [2], 416p. Modern antique speckled calf, floral gilt decorative spine, gilt title on label, new endpapers, original blanks present. With original thin bookmark ribbon bound in, at p 178-79, leaving faint ghosting at very inner margin, no affect. Some minor foxing throughout at outer margins, overall still a near fine copy. At time of description we locate no other copies for sale and no auction records via Rare Book Hub. John Douglas, Bishop of Salisbury (1721-1807), Scottish scholar, author, and bishop.  Vicar of High Ercall, Shropshire in 1750; Canon of Windsor in 1762; Bishop of Carlisle in 1787; and Bishop of Salisbury in 1791. Fellow of the Royal Society and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. “He was meanwhile becoming known as an acute and vigorous writer. In 1750 he exposed the forgeries on the strength of which William Lauder had charges Milton with plagiarism. His pamphlet is called ‘Milton vindictaed from the Charge of Plagiarism’ (1751)... in 1752 Douglas attacked [David] Humes argument upon miracles in a book called the ‘Criterion’. It was in form a letter addressed to an anonymous correspondent, afterwards known to be Adam Smith. The original part of Douglas book is an attempt to prove that modern miracles, such as those ascribed to Xavier, the Jansenist miracles, and the cures by royal touch in England, were not supported by evidence comparable to that which supports the narratives in the gospels. Douglas was afterwards in friendly communication with his antagonist in regards to some points in Humes history (Burton, Hume, ii.78, 87)”. [-DNB]. “Besides his Criterion on Miracles, of which he published a new edition just before his death (our 1807 copy), the bishop wrote several tracts, and was the editor of Cook’s Voyages, to which he prefixed an admirable introduction”. [Cooper Biographical Dict. 1890, I:506].      Miracles. Bible. Religion. Pagans. Papists. Paganism. Supernatural. Superstition. Mysticism. Mysteries. Science. Wonders. Magic.      DP20415   $300.00

Dumas, Alexandre.

Roland De Montrevel; or, The Companions of Jehu. [bound with] Ingenue; or, The Death of Marat. London: Ward and Lock and Thomas Hodgson, 1860. First UK editions. Very rare. 8vo. 286, 301p. Early red cloth, soiled, title label with gilt, minor wear to edges. Some very minor foxing. p165/66 with tiny corner tear, no affect at all. Overall, a nice copy of two scarce titles in one. Companions of Jehu: OCLC lists only six copies, only one copy in the US (Texas). Ingenue: OCLC lists only four copies, only one in the US (UCLA). At time of description we find no other copies listed for sale.       Adventure. Napoleon. Suspense. Politics. Romance.         DP20202   $250.00

Dana, Charles & A & J.H. Wilson.

The Life Of Ulysses S. Grant: General of the Armies of the United States. Springfield: Gurdon Bill, 1868. First edition. Scarce. Hardcover. 424, [4]p. Original embossed decorative boards rubbed with rebacked spine in modern maroon leather gilt title labels to spine. Original marbled endpapers. First blank with old owners info in ink no affect. With frontispiece and five single page maps. Some minor foxing to frontis and title else only a minor bit of foxing elsewhere overall a clean copy with large margins. Scarce edition. Priced to go.      Ulysses Grant. Military. US Army. Civil War.      DP20555   $75.00

[Ducray-Duminil, Francois Guillaume].  Lucy Peacock, trans. 

Ambrose And Eleanor; Or, The Adventures of Two Children Deserted On An Uninhabited Island. London: Printed for R. and L. Peacock, 1797. Second edition. Scarce. 8vo. iv, 226, [2]p. Contemporary calf, gilt stamp ruling to spine, worn, front hinges started, some chipping to board edges. Some foxing. “WCW” old owners signature upper margin of title page. Clean tear to bottom of p19, through some text, but no affect. With engraved frontispiece. Continued title:  “Translated From the French. With Alterations, Adapting it to the Perusal of Youth, for whose Amusement and Instruction it is designed”. English translation of Duminil’s “Lolotte et Fanfan” (1788). Lolotte et Fanfan helped establish the popular novels about orphans and abandoned children that would continue throughout the decade of revolution, it appeared in ten editions between 1788-1810.Lucy Peacock (fl.1785-1816), author, often anonymously of works for children. Peacock was bookseller and publisher of children’s books during the late 18th century, also editor of The Juvenile Magazine.    ESTC: T96711 (listing only 2 copies in UK and 5 copies in US).    Juvenile. Children's books. Adventure. Robinson Crusoe. Orphans. Outcast.

DP20221  $275.00

Frost, John.

Border Wars Of The West: Comprising The Frontier Wars of Pennsylvania Virginia Kentucky Ohio Indiana Illinois Tennessee And Wisconsin and Embracing Individual Adventures Among the Indians and Exploits of Boone Kenton Clark Logan Brady Poe Morgan The Whetzel and Other Border Heroes of the West. New York: C.M. Saxton, 1858. Rare. Publishers embossed cloth some soiling and wear spine ends chipped away decorative gilt spine hinges intact and holding strong. Rare book. Fully illustrated and with numerous full-page plates. Rare book with only 4 copies listed in OCLC. A previous edition of 1856 only has 2 copies in OCLC. We have this book priced to go. John Frost (1800-1859) American school teacher in Philadelphia turned prolific American history writer. Advocate for freedom of slaves and North American Indians. Rare. Appears to be second edition as copyright page prints entered into Congress in 1856. However at time of description there is a listing on E-Bay for an 1853 edition priced at over four thousand dollars.     Frontier wars. American indians. North America Indians. Black Hawk War.Americana. American history.     DP20539   $200.00

Dibdin, Thomas Frognall.

The Bibliomania; or, Book-Madness; Containing Some Account Of The History, Symptoms, And Cures Of This Fatal Disease. In an Epistle addressed to Richard Heber Esq. [Signed copy]. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orne by W. Savage, 1809. First edition. 8vo. Hardcover. [4], 87p. Fine binding modern quarter calf over marbled boards gilt rules at spine ends and gilt black title label. New endpapers. Title page and B1 printed in black and red. Outer margin textblock edges uncut (not uncommon) .A2 & B1 with tiny repair to outer margin edge no affect. Some minor foxing. Presentation inscription from author removed from original front pastedown and adhered to new pastedown. A nice copy of a rare first edition signed by the author. “Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776-1847) English bibliographer who helped to stimulate interest in bibliography by his own enthusiastic though often inaccurate books, by his share in founding the first English private publishing society, and by his beautifully produced catalog of Lord Spencer’s library (which collection later became the nucleus of the John Rylands Library, Manchester). His father, the captain of a sailing ship, was the inspiration for his uncle Charles Dibdin’s song “Tom Bowling.” Both of Dibdin’s parents died on the passage from India to England in 1780, and at age four he became the ward of his mother’s younger brother, Charles Compton. Educated at St. John’s College, Oxford, Dibdin began a legal career but took holy orders in 1805. His Introduction to the knowledge of rare and valuable editions of the Greek and Latin Classics (1802) attracted the notice of Lord Spencer, through whose patronage Dibdin obtained a clerical appointment in London. His Bibliotheca Spenceriana (1814–15) became famous for the high quality of its printing. Dibdin traveled widely in search of books and manuscripts, and his Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany (1821) is typical of his work in containing much lively anecdote, many factual errors, and some excellent engravings. His Bibliomania (1809) contributed to the public’s interest in old and rare books. Among his many other works is the two-volume autobiography Reminiscences of a Literary Life (1836).” [-Britannica].      Bibliomania. Book collecting.Books. Books on books. Rare books. Book terms.     DP20580 $1000.00

Degge, Simon.

The Parson's Counsellor, with the Law of Tythes or Tything: in Two Books. The first sheweth the order every parson, vicar &c. ought to observe in obtaining a spiritual preferment, and what duties are incumbent upon him after the taking the same, and many other things necessary for every clergy-man to know and observe. The second shews, in what manner all sorts of tythes offerings, mortuaries, and other church-duties are to be paid, as well in London as elsewhere, and as well by the canon and common and statute-laws, and in what courts and manner they may be recovered, what charges they are subject to, and many other things concerning the same; necessary for clergy-men and all others to know. London: Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkyns for Richard Sark and Joseph Hindmarsh, 1695. 8vo. 2parts in 1. A8[-A1, imprimatur leaf], a8, B-2F7 [-F8 ads].  [30], 412, [36]p. Full calf, banded, title on red morocco label, old signature on t.p. Minor wear to edges of spine and rubbing at corners. Lacks license leaf, text complete. Degge, Sir Simon (1612?–1703), judge. He was knighted on 2 March 1670. Degge served as high sheriff of Derbyshire in 1674–5 and the following year published The Parson's Counsellor, with Law of Tithes or Tithing, a leading textbook on the subject for many years.       Wing D856. ESTC:R6605.         Law. Tithes. Ecclesiatical law.         DP20116   $250.00

Fisher, George, Accompant.

The Instructor: Or, Young Man's Best Companion. Containing, Spelling, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic...To which is added, The Family's Best Companion: With Instruction for Marking Linen, how Pickle and Preserve; to make divers Sorts of Wine; and many excellent Plasters and Medicines... Ana A Compendium of the Sciences of Geography and Astronomy. London:J. Fuller et al., 1775. 12mo. A6, B-R12. xii, 384p. Contemp. sheep, blind-tooled, spine worn, old owner's inscription on endpapers: "Thomas Rawle...1780-1828", some foxing. Frontis. 2 full-page & 1 folding plate, text cuts. A enormously popular eighteenth-century handbook of useful instruction.      ESTC:N8733 (2 copies only).      Writing. Schoolbook. Food. Wine. Sewing. Children. Science. Astronomy. Mathematics. Accounting.                     DP 20104   $150.00

Dupuis, Citoyen [Charles Francois].

Planches De L’Origine De Tous Les Cultes, Avec Leur Explication. Paris: Chez H. Agasse, 1795. First Edition. Atlas only of four volumes. 4to. 16p. 22 plates. Lacks frontispiece [bound that way]. Later blue paper boards, edges worn and rubbed, spine mostly rubbed off, title label chipped, hinges started. Foxing throughout, but mostly only outer margins on plate leaves. Plate 8 with tear to far outer margin, no affect to plate itself. Half title with chip to outer margin, no affect. Ex-libris stamp “De La Bibliotheque d’Armand de Terwangne” to top of first blank leaf. Dupuis, Charles Francois (1742-1809), French political leader, philosopher, atheist. Member of the Academy of Inscriptions and a member of the Council of Five Hundred. His main work was “The Origin of All Cults, or Universal Religion”, in which he developed a theory of ascribing the origina of all religious myths to astral representations. Dupuis denied the historicity of Christ, whom he viewed as a mythological image of the sun. The beginning of the mythological school (The tendency in the bourgeois historiography of Christianity that denies Christ’s historicity) is associated with his name. Plates include homes of the planets, zodiac, planispheres, calendar of Isis, and more.            Caillet 3420. Graesse II:449. Dorbin, Esoterica: 1403. Guaita 1337.            Occult. Illustrated. Esoterica. Religion. Symbolism. Zodiac. Astronomy. Mythology. Atlas. Cosmography.

DP20095   $350.00

Dale, Antonius [Anthony] van.

De Oraculis Ethnicorum Dissertationes Duae...Accedit Et Schediasma De Consecrationibus Ethnics. Amsterdam: Henricum & Theodori Boom, 1683. First Edition. Rare. 8vo. *-**8, A-2I8, 2K6. [32], 510, [15] p. Contemporary calf, floral gilt decorated spine,bottom of spine chipped, front hinge started, light dampstains in lower outer corner. Title with small library stamp outer margin. Folding plate with light pen lines and repairs to folds on verso, otherwise very good (see picture). Additional title and folding plate by Romeyn de Hooghe. The first edition of a work debunking the oracles of ancient Greece and Rome. Van Dale (1638-1708) Mennonite preacher, medical director of the hospital at Haarlem. "He early discovered an eager taste for acquiring the languages, which, for some time, his parents obliged him to give up for the more profitable pursuit of commerce. He, however, resumed his studies when about thirty years of age, acquired skill in Greek and Latin antiquities, and took his degree in physic, which science he practiced with success. In this work on oracles he holds that they were frauds of the priests. Fontenelle has abridged this work in his "des Oracles." Romeyn de Hooghe (1645-1708) Dutch engraver, one of the greatest book artists of his period.   

Thorndike VIII: 477. Caillet 10999. Brunet V:1069.           Occult. Oracles. Fortune telling. Magic. Classics.           DP20094   $400.00

Franzos, Karl Emil, ed.

Die Suggestion Und Die Dichtung. Gutachen über Hypnose und Suggestion. Berlin: F. Fontane & Co., 1892. First Edition. 8vo. xxx, 129, [1]p. Contemorary mottled boards, red leather spine label, minor wear and chipping. Ownership stamp of Fr. Greil of Ludwigsburg, booklabel of Haskell Norman. Text is near fine. "This collection of essays on "Suggestion and poetry" includes contributions by Emil du Bois-Reymond, Richard von Krafft-Ebing and Hermann von Helmholtz. Karl Franzos (1848-1904) , the editor, was an Austrian-Jewish novelist and journalist who exerted an important influence on late nineteenth-century German literature through his editorship of the periodical Deutsche Dichtung," [-Norman Cat].

Norman 835 (This copy).  Not in Crabtree.     Occult. Hypnotism. Mesmerism. Animal magnetism. Psychology.      DP20076   $100.00

Fassmann, David.

Notables Gesprach Zweyer Jesuiter-Monche Pater Johann Baptist Girard, Rector des Kongl. Seminarii de la Marina in der Stadt Toulon, Und dem kongigl. Frantzosischen Beicht-Vater P. La Chaise. Cologne [Frankfurt]: [N.P.], 1731. First Edition. 4to. A-E4. 40p. Modern full pebble-grain leather, gilt title. Engraved frontipiece. Fassmann (1683-1744). “In 1683, there appeared in Paris the Noveaux dialogues des morts of Fontenelle, in which eminent deceased persons, such as princes, statesmen, ans scholars, told of their lives and compared them with each other. Fassmann picked up this idea and ucceeded in holding interest of the public with it for several decennia... Although Fassmann’s for safety’s and caution’s sake, professes to agree with the contemporary theologians in various matters, the work remains substantially true to the spirit of the early Enlightenment. It shows journalistic tendencies, as well as some of the flair of the professional writer who knows how to deal with subjects appealing to the popular and sensation-seeking taste of the time.” [-Faber du Faur].  Jean-Baptiste Girard (1680-1733).    

Weller, Falschen, 77. Hayn/Gotendorf III, 400 "Selten".     Theology. Religion. Dialogues. Death. German Baroque Literature.          DP20075   $125.00

Davenant, John, Bishop of Salisbury.

Expositio Epistolae D.Pauli ad Colossenses... Olim ab eodem, Dominae Margaretae in Academia Cantabrigiensi Professore Theologico, dictata. Geneva: Samuel Chouet, 1655. Scarce. 4to. *4,A-3O4,3P3 [-3P4 blank]. [8], 464, [22]p. Modern antique calf with 4 bands and gilt lettering on the spine. Old owner’s signature on title page. Engraved headpiece, initial letter. Davenant, John (bap. 1572, d. 1641), bishop of Salisbury. "he became known as a staunch defender of Calvinist orthodoxy..." [-ODNB]. This work was first printed in 1627.

OCLC 731716332 (lists only 3 copies, none in USA).        Religion. Theology. Bible.        DP20086   $250.00

Dellon, Gabriel [Charles].  Henry Wharton, trans.

The History Of The Inquisition, As It Is Exercised at Goa, In the East-Indies, Under the Domination of the King of Portugal. Written in French by Mosieur Dellon, Who laboured Five Years under the Severities of that Inquisition. With An Account of his Deliverance. London: R. Baldwin, [c.1750] 4to. A2, B-I4, K6. [4], 76p. Modern cloth, title gilt on spine, small hole in blank fore-margin of A2, a few page numbers at head slightly trimmed, clean copy. Gabriel (a.k.a. Charles) Dellon (1649-1709?) was a French physician who travelled in the Indies and was arrested by the Portugese and in 1674 was transported to Goa and condemned to serve five years on the galleys. Caillet remarks on the impartiality of his account of the Inquisition. Despite its impartiality,it was put on the Index in 1690. With an advertisement leaf: this History of the inquisition at Goa was translated by the Rev. Mr. Henry Wharton, .. and was first published in .. 1688. A reissue of the 1748 edition with a cancel title-page and advertisement leaf. Wharton, Henry (1664–1695), Church of England clergyman and historian.      

Occult. Inquisition. Travel. Portugal. Religion. Illustrated. Witchcraft.                DP20041   $350.00

Dellon, Gabriel.

Relation De L'Inquisition De Goa. Paris: Daniel Hortemels, 1688. Second, expanded edition. 12mo. a12,e1,A-T12,V3. [26],437,[24]p. Contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt, head of spine chipped, inscription on verso of t.p., finger soiling, large margins, one plate is remounted. 4 engravings (2 folding), 6 text vignettes by P. Sevin. Gabriel (a.k.a. Charles) Dellon (1649-1709?) was a French physician who travelled in the Indies and was arrested  by the Portugese and in 1674 was transported to Goa and condemned to serve five years on the galleys. Caillet remarks on the impartiality of his account of the Inquisition. Despite its impartiality,it was put on the Index in 1690.    Caillet 2954. Fesch 466. Yve-Plessus 1139. Rosenthal, Magica,4725. Van der Vekene 275 (other eds.).    Occult. Inquisition. Travel. Portugal. Religion. Illustrated. Witchcraft.

DP20038   $700.00

Faber, George Stanley.

The Difficulties Of Infidelity. New York: J. & J., Harper for D. Cooledge, 1829. 8vo. xi, [1], 13-214p. Publisher's cloth-backed paper boards, title on paper-label, slightly chipped; some foxing. Faber (1773-1854), controversialist and prolific author on anthropological and apocalyptic subjects. "His books on the primitive doctrines of election and justification retain some importance." [-DNB] This work is an examination of "The difficulties attendant upon deistical infidelity." Faber marshals primitive Christianity, the "false" religions of Mohammed, Odin, and a plethora of theological debates to prove that "the rejection of Christianity involves a higher degree of credulity than the acceptance of it.... [and] that it is more difficult to pronounce the gospel as an imposture than to admit it as a revelation from heaven." [-Feldman p.397]. NSTC 2F432.

Occult. Religion. Sex.    DP20023   $50.00